The following article contains a fairly detailed description on how to capture HDV Video through Final Cut Pro 5. Though the menu items and terms may differ to other editing suites, the theories and steps discussed are fairly universal to all systems. For more detail on other HDV editing topics please refer to the articles listed below.
Editing HDV: An Introduction
Editing HDV: Preferences
Editing HDV: Capturing
Editing HDV: Output
1) Connecting Sources for Capture
Picture of firewire connection - picture of VCR mode on camera button
Before editing anything you'll need to capture or download your footage from the source tape to a hard drive. To do this, connect a playback device to your computer using a firewire cable. You can use your camera or a tape deck. If using your camera, make sure it is in VCR mode and not camera mode. When you open up Final Cut Pro, you'll now be able to control your camera through the capture window.
2) Using the Capture Window
Go to file > Log and Capture or Press Control 8
The capture window will open. This is where you preview and log the scenes you want to capture from your tape. You'll notice an interface similar to that of a tape deck at the bottom of the page. There are buttons for Playback, Stop, Fast Forward and Rewind. This interface will control your camera or tape deck through the Fire wire connection.
Below this Playback interface are the Mark in and Mark out controls. These will be used to designate where you will begin and end the capturing of a clip. At the top of the preview window are the code duration and current time code fields. These tell you where you are on the tape and the length of your current clip. (check on this)
3) Marking your Clip for Capture
This is how you designate a scene to be captured form your tape.
Play the tape to the beginning of the scene you want to capture.
Put the play head 3 seconds before the beginning of your scene and press the Mark in button. Adding these three seconds is called giving the clip handles. It will give you spare footage for transitions.
Play to the end of the scene. Add 3 seconds to the end of the scene. This is where you will stop capturing. Press the Mark out button. A complete clip is now selected. Anything between these two mark points will be captured from the tape and saved to your hard drive.
Logging and Capturing Your Clip
Now that you've marked your source clip, it's time to name and log the clip. You'll also name the clip's source tape, describe the clip, and provide any other notes that will easily identify the clip. This will aid you in finding and placing the correct clip during the editing process. Once the proper fields have been filled the clip is ready to be logged. Once logged the clip will show up in the browser window with the entered data appearing in the columns next to it.
Press the Log Clip button on the bottom right section of the capture window. A window will pop up displaying the final name of the clip. Make any necessary changes and hit Ok.
After pressing the Log Clip button, you'll notice an icon of this clip in your browser window with a red line through it. The red line designates a clip that has not yet been captured. It has just been logged and is awaiting capture.
Go through your entire tape or tapes, log every clip, select all clips bearing a red line and hit batch. A window will appear asking what clips you want to batch capture. In the drop down menu, choose All Selected Items and hit Ok. Final Cut Pro will then rewind your tape to its beginning and capture each individual clip according to the mark-in and mark-out points you designated.
All of the clips will now be downloaded from your tape to your hard drive. If you look in your browser window they will still be present but lack the red line. This means you're ready to edit!